Materials needed and advice
Been away for a few years; marriage, house, babies. I restored FS # 877 to MINT (12) years ago and a few years after that got knocked down in a fast moving, ocean squall and one side of the boat was smashed to smithereens against a dock - lost my sails etc... Think large Great White ate 60% of one side of the boat... Needless to say, it was very disheartening.
Recently, I have been sailing on a buddy's Scot and have set my sites on mine again. She has been safely stored all these years.
I have already done all the structural repairs myself, now she just needs a little fairing and then a paint job...
Being out of the loop, a lot has changed since I was sailing the FS and ordering materials from Erik and Dee, via faxes and phone calls.
I want to re-install floatation under the seats - I removed all the old styrofoam stuff, it's all intact, but was hoping to replace with the blue, dock building foam - anyone have an opinion on this change and a line as to where I can buy it for the best price ?
Also, I have the older, non-anodized aluminum mast/winch halyard 'spools' that have oxidized to useless. Is there a way to replace these with newer ones ?
Sails - I see a lot more options about loose and tight fit set-ups. I have no idea if I have a loose or tight rig, or if I really care which I end up with. I just sail and don't race anyone but the wind. How can the different rigs / sails be ID ?